Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and assisted by Saki Santorelli, Ph.D. and colleagues in 1979, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
In 1993, Bill Moyers featured Jon Kabat-Zinn's Stress Reduction Clinic in his series "Healing and the Mind". A great wave began as many health care professionals wanted to model similar programs.
Currently there are over two hundred medical centers in the United States that have Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction programs. MBSR has also expanded internationally, there are programs in nearly every continent of the world.
Mindfulness practice consists of paying close attention to the mind and body and recognizing any underlying habitual patterns of separation, isolation and lack of self-esteem which may manifest itself in physical sensations, emotions and thoughts. We practice mindfulness meditaton to further develop new options, become more present and to live life more meaningfully.
Mindfulness programs teach participants the skills to cultivate deeper levels of insight and compassion and to take more responsibility for their health and well being.
For more more information about MBSR programs programs, graduate classes, daylong workshops, and retreats in B.C., please visit mbsrbc.ca.